WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Have you ever felt unsafe hailing a cab late at night all by yourself? Or perhaps you've felt uncomfortable being alone with a cab driver?
The non-profit Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) is trying to change that by bringing a free, safe, late night car service to Washington.
"My experience with taxis in D.C. has been so bad in the past year that I've completely stopped hailing cabs," said Jen Corey at a D.C. Council hearing last week on taxicab safety.
Corey is a former Miss District of Columbia and a current CASS board member.
"We hear countless stories from women who have been harassed and threatened every day in taxis in D.C." said Corey.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission says more than 80% of all complaints against cab drivers come from women. But it's not just the drivers that Corey is worried about.
"I was actually once assaulted on the street while getting cash out of an ATM machine to take a cab home," said Corey.
CASS is now trying to bring a program called Right Rides to D.C.
"We provide late night, free, safe rides to women and LGBTQ individuals. No money is accepted during the ride. It's absolutely free," said Julia Strange, CASS's Director of Programs and Policy.
Right Rides has been up and running in New York for nearly 10 years and has provided over 6,000 rides. The cars are donated, it's operated by volunteers, and it only runs on weekends between midnight and 3 a.m.
"In Washington, we'll be starting small with a soft launch in a few neighborhoods and our goal is to go city wide by the end of 2014," said Strange.
CASS just completed a safety survey of about 300 Washingtonians, mostly women, and 66% said they feel safe "always" or "most of the time" in DC cabs. Only 28% said they feel safe "some of the time" or "hardly ever."
"I have had some really great cab drivers who've made sure that I get into my building late at night before they pull away. However, I cannot risk my safety in the hopes that I get one of the good ones," said Corey.
Click here if you'd like to learn more about how you can help bring Right Rides to the District.